Joseph Benavidez is one step closer to establishing himself as the best flyweight in the world after beating Yasuhiro Urushitani by second-round TKO on Friday night's UFC on FX 2 card.
Benavidez was long one of the best bantamweights in the world even though he was small for that weight class, and now that the UFC has instituted a flyweight class, Benavidez appears poised to reign over it. He dominated Urushitani and will now prepare for a title fight with Demetrious Johnson.
In the first round Urushitani made Benavidez work for it, but Benavidez eventually took Urushitani down and got on top of him on the ground, and with about 40 seconds to go in the first round Benavidez transitioned into full mount and then took Urushitani's back. There wasn't enough time for Benavidez to finish the fight, but he clearly won the first round.
And then he ended the fight at the start of the second round: When Urushitani threw a kick, Benavidez countered it with a right hand to the chin that knocked Urushitani down, and then Benavidez pounced, punched him several times on the ground and forced the referee to step in to stop the fight.
Up next is a sure-to-be exciting title fight between Benavidez and Johnson, one of whom will earn the UFC flyweight belt.